Police catch Charlie Hebdo arson suspects

Hamburg police temporarily detained nine suspects on Wednesday over a January arson attack on a newspaper that had reprinted cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed from French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Officers searched 12 apartments in dawn raids, detained the suspects aged 16 to 21, and took them to a police station to record their personal details before releasing them, police in the port city said.

The group of local-area youths and adolescents, who were of German, Nigerian, Cameroonian and Turkish origin, were also suspected of having vandalised a nearby high school a day before the arson attack, police and prosecutors said in a joint statement.

h/t Marvin